At twenty-one, while an undergraduate student at the Yale
School of Architecture, Maya Lin won a competition to design
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Her design,
which incorporates the names of more than fifty-eight thousand
American soldiers who died or went missing during the war,
initially met with controversy but has since become one
of the most admired and visited monuments in the world.
Her other designs, many of which incorporate natural forms,
include her memorial to the Civil Rights movement that was
dedicated in 1990 in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Women's
Table, a monument commemorating Yale University women. In 2003,
Lin served on the selection jury for the World Trade Center Site
Memorial Competition. Amongst her other accomplishments, Lin was also
elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York in 2005.
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